Westminster Child Custody

Child Custody Lawyers Near Westminster

Custody in Westminster, ColoradoChild custody matters are perhaps the most important issues our clients face, and many family law and divorce cases involve children. Given our sole focus on family law, child custody is a common element in most of our cases. For this reason, our Westminster child custody attorneys provide top notch, experienced representation in all simple and complex custody matters, both in and out of the courtroom. Our goal is to ensure good outcomes for all of our clients, including those with child custody needs. Let us put over 60 years of combined family law experience to work for when the time comes to resolve custody and visitation concerns.

Understanding Child Custody Rights and Responsibilities in Westminster

In the state of Colorado, the term “custody” is no longer used in statue and has been replaced with the term “parental responsibility.” “Parental responsibility” covers three major factors in child custody – who the children will live with, who has the right to make major decisions for them, and how visitation rights (or “parenting time”) will be allocated between the parties.

According to C.R.S. 14-10-123.4, “The general assembly hereby declares that children have certain rights in the determination of matters relating to parental responsibilities, including the right to have such determinations based upon the best interests of the child.” This means that the courts will determine parental responsibilities based on whatever is best for the child or children, not what is most convenient for the adults. Many factors come into play to make this determination. These factors can include each parent’s involvement in the child’s life, a child’s stability and comfort in his/her home and school, any mental or physical health concerns, domestic violence, drug or alcohol problems, and any additional factors impacting a child’s best interest.

A grandparent may also seek custody of children in certain situations with the assistance of a Westminster child custody lawyer. This usually occurs when parents have been absent or neglectful and a grandparent has stepped in as a primary caregiver for the children. For a non-parent to seek custody, the child cannot be in the care of either parent at the time the case has commenced or the child must have been in the physical care of the grandparent for a period of six months or more which ended less than six months before the filing of the case. Grandparents also have the right to seek visitation in certain cases, pursuant to C.R.S. 19-1-117.

Every family and every child is different. When it comes to fighting for custody of your children, you will undoubtedly have many questions and wonder where to start. During this emotionally turbulent time, contact our skilled legal team of family law attorneys to discuss your situation and how we can help.

Consult with a Skilled Child Custody Attorney near Westminster

The city of Westminster is centrally located between Denver and Boulder, in the North Metro area, and is only a short drive from our Broomfield location. With parts of Westminster in both Jefferson and Adams counties, having an attorney who understands the procedures and system in either court matters. If you are filing for the allocation of parental responsibilities and need a partner in your Westminster child custody or divorce case, contact us today. We are highly skilled at dealing with all child custody matters including establishment of physical custody, visitation/parenting time, decision-making, modifications, emergency issues, grandparent rights, child relocation, contempt of court, paternity, and child support. At Plog & Stein P.C., we will work diligently to strive for the best possible outcome for you and your children. Call us today at 303-781-0322 or contact us to set up an appointment.

Client Testimonials
  • His passion and ferocity kept me going through this long ordeal.
    When I first came to Plog & Stein it was simply discuss the renegotiation of child support. Little did I know that within 72 hours I would be retaining Steve Plog for a custody battle. His passion and ferocity kept me going through this long ordeal. I have recommended him to my friends and I would recommend him to anyone with who wants honest and effective representation.
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  • I recommend Sarah and the attorneys at Plog & Stein to anyone that has these types of family issues and need strong, knowledgeable representation.
    I am thankful for the job Sarah McCain did for me in my fight with my ex-wife for visitation rights with my daughter. Sarah and the team at Plog & Stein handled my case in an efficient, affordable, and professional manner. Sarah negotiated a new parenting plan as well as acceptable visiting rights and even a favorable modification in my child support. I recommend Sarah and the attorneys at Plog & Stein to anyone that has these types of family issues and need strong, knowledgeable representation.
    ★★★★★
  • At the end of the day he was able to produce a settlement that was fair to both parties.
    I highly recommend Stephen Plog for anyone in need of a top notch domestic relations attorney. After a 27 year marriage, Stephen represented me in a complicated and sometimes bitter divorce with many unique challenges. At the end of the day he was able to produce a settlement that was fair to both parties but limited my alimony payments to only 3 years. He is smart, cuts to the chase, knows the court system in the Denver metropolitan area and can be trusted to get his clients the best possible settlement.
    ★★★★★
  • Their service was outstanding, with prompt responses to all of my questions.
    Sarah McCain and Plog & Stein were wonderful to me during such a difficult time in my life. Their service was outstanding, with prompt responses to all of my questions and creative ideas throughout the proceedings to help things go smoothly. Sarah's compassion, patience, and expertise were especially invaluable to me. I highly recommend them.
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